This book takes readers on journeys of contemplation in which the author re-imagines the lyric form. Each line leaves the reader breathless as it runs into the next to form a continuous cycle, a continued breath. The delicate syntax of each piece pushes one forward, ever forward. The poems are Dantesque, leading the traveller through a deeper, darker world. As a collection, as if constitutes an ars poetica of Blodgetts Apostrophes series. The poems explore the elements that make up the series -- strict metrical patterns, the possibilities of breath, the endlessness and seamlessness of the spoken word, the incantation.